CBS All Access and Bell Media’s Canadian speciality sci-fi channel Space released a first teaser trailer for the new sci-fi series yesterday.
The latest Star Trek series features Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard and takes place twenty years after his final appearance in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). Patrick Stewart first announced the series in August 2018 at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention calling it an “unexpected but delightful surprise” and has shared plenty of behind-the-scenes material on Twitter in the meantime.
Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman revealed that the show would be a serialised single story and something of a psychological character study of Admiral Picard. The character is to find himself ‘radically altered’ by the events of 2009’s Star Trek prequel movie, vis-à-vis the destruction of Romulus. The trailer shows Picard tending to a vineyard, presumably several years after retiring from Star Fleet for unknown reasons.
The series will be split into five ‘blocks’ with separate directors. The initial block will be directed by TV director Hanelle Culpepper (Gotham, Star Trek: Discovery), the first woman to direct an opening episode of any Star Trek series. Actor Jonathan Frakes, known for his portrayal of Picard’s first mate William Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation will direct the second block. Frakes also directed episodes of several Star Trek series’ and Seth MacFarlane’s latest parody sci-fi series The Orville.
Star Trek: Picard also stars Santiago Cabrera (Merlin, Dexter), Michelle Hurd (Daredevil, Lethal Weapon) and Alison Pill (American Horror Story). Filming took place at California’s Santa Clarita Studios in April 2019 under the working title Drawing Room.
The first ten-episode season of Star Trek: Picard is expected to be released later this year on CBS All Access and Canada’s Bell Media. Each episode will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video within twenty-four hours of its initial release, unlike 2017’s Star Trek: Discovery which was streamed immediately on Netflix.
See the trailer here!